Looking for a summer job in the Farmington Valley of Connecticut? These ideas may not be glamorous, but they’re a paycheck, and they still allow time to hang out with friends during the sweet summertime.
Camp Counseling or Life-guarding
Working during daylight hours in the outdoors is an experience that can’t be beat. Being a camp counselor or a lifeguard are some of the only ways to do this, and are great options for teenagers. Camps and parks look for high school and college aged employees who show responsibility, but also have lots of energy and a good sense of fun. Be sure to ask about age restrictions, as lifeguards must be 16 years or older to be certified, and some camps require counselors to be a certain amount older than their oldest campers. Places to inquire: Renbrook Summer Adventure, West Hartford; Winding Trails, Farmington; Camp Jewell, Colebrook; or any public park and rec association.
Some of the greatest part time cash can be made through tips. Waiting tables, and sometimes even hostessing and busing tables can earn you a solid chunk of change at the end of each dinner shift. Downfalls include potentially late hours and difficult customers. Places to inquire: Chili’s, Simsbury; TGI Friday’s, West Hartford; Panera, Canton; or any family restaurant.
Know a bit about golf? Offer to caddy privately for golfers you know. Or ask at the pro shop of any of the local courses, whether they’re public or private, to see if they need names on their caddy roster. Places to inquire: Blue Fox Run, Simsbury; Hopmeadow Country Club, Simsbury; The Country Club of Farmington, Farmington; The Avon Golf Club, Avon; Wampanoag Country Club, West Hartford.
Farms in the Farmington Valley are everywhere, and often need help during the busy summer months. Jobs for those with little or no experience usually involve picking crops, stocking a farm stand or store, or running the register. Places to inquire: Pickin’ Patch, Avon; or any local farm stand.
Although the mall is a great place to start, also consider all the boutiques and outdoor shopping centers in the Farmington Valley. Ask around at your favorite places to shop to see if they need part time summer help. A good perk is that often, even after summer employees have ended their part time work, stores will hire them back for seasonal help in the winter. Places to inquire: WestFarms, Simsbury Commons, The Shoppes at Farmington Valley
During the summer months, when many full time office employees take time off for vacation, companies call in temporary agencies to help them fill the void. Jobs available to high school students wouldn’t be much more than reception type duties, but still bring in a decent hourly rate. For those looking to get internships in future summers, this can be a helpful resume boost. Places to inquire: Adecco, Kelly Services.